two and a half miles between Newbury and Newburyport, High Street is
famous for its stately parade of Federal houses, artifacts of an era
when the seafaring communities north of Boston were commercial powers.
But only a mile away on Parker Street,
a dramatic three-story dwelling crowns the hill at the end of a long,
sloping lawn. As progressive as the rest of Newbury is traditional, the
structure is, by virtue of its proportion and restrained ornamentation,
classical in feeling.
"The gas station attendant asked me if
I was building a chicken coop. The local reaction has been polite
otherwise," Peter Eaton says with a laugh. Antiques dealers, Eaton and
his wife, Joan Brownstein, designed the house themselves and
constructed it in 2002 with the help of The Great Room Company, a Portsmouth,
N.H., designer and builder.